scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: mandatory reporting - New Jersey and Other States
Robert Blau (rblau@ECLIPSE.NET
Wed Mar 22 2000 - 18:07:50 CST
On 3/22/00 11:51 AM John Wm. Unger wrote
> In Texas, the individual who has first hand knowledge or suspicion of
> child-abuse is legally obligated to report it to the state. If one only
> reports it to the SE, then one is not in compliance with the laws of the
> State of Texas, and liable to the penalties of the law.
The law is the same in New Jersey. In New Jersey:
The law says that any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child
has been subjected to child abuse shall report this information immediately
to the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS).
>From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays reports of child abuse and neglect can be
made to the local DYFS District Office. There is at least one District
Office in every county. The Office of Child Abuse Control (OCAC) operates a
toll-free 24 hour 7 day a week hotline (1-800-792-8610) to receive reports
of child abuse and neglect.
DYFS accepts all allegations of child abuse and neglect by telephone and in
person from sources including identified sources, news media, anonymous
sources, sources which have incomplete information and referrals from the
child or parent themselves.
Upon receiving a report of child abuse or neglect, a DYFS caseworker shall
investigate the allegations and take such action as is necessary to insure
the safety of the child.
Immunity from Civil or Criminal Liability
Any person who, pursuant to the law, reports abuse or neglect or testifies
in a child abuse hearing resulting from such a report is immune from any
criminal or civil liability as a result of such action.
Penalty for Failure to Report
Any person who knowingly fails to report suspected abuse or neglect pursuant
to the law or to comply with the provisions of the law is a disorderly
person and subject to a fine up to $1,000 or up to six months imprisonment,
For a list of mandatory child abuse reporting laws in every state see: